Established in 1832
The village of St Columban was once called Irishtown. The first
Catholic public masses were said in a tavern on lot 29 in 1832 and in the home
of Dennis Downey in 1835. Rev. Father J. B. Werreat, a German priest, from
Waterloo, stopped at the Downey home on a mission to Goderich and stayed several
days. These were among the first religious services attended by the early
Under the direction of Rev. Peter Schneider of Goderich, known as the apostle of the Huron Tract, a log church was built on Con.1, lot 9 of McKillop Twp. on land donated by Dennis Downey.
In 1864 a large brick church to be called St Columban was built when the Rev. Dean James Murphy was priest. The present cemetery was opened in 1866. During 1870's the bodies from the old burying grounds at the rear of the church were interred in the new lot.
In 1900 St Columban was divided when Dublin built a church. St Columban became a parish and Irishtown was named St Columban. The church burned in 1909 and was rebuilt and blessed in 1911.
(excerpts from St Columban R. C. Church 75th anniversary booklet compiled by Beryle Morningstar and used as introduction to Perth Co OGS Cemetery inscriptions for St Columban cemetery Inscriptions can be purchased from Perth OGS)
Parish registers, 1849-1910
Catholic Church. Saint Columban (St. Columban, Ontario)
Microfilm of original records in possession of the St. Columban Rectory.
Contents: Baptisms, 1849-1910 (copy; one 1911 entry) --
Baptisms, marriages, 1869-1871 (copy; entries possibly from Zurich or French
Marriages, 1849-1910 (copy)
Interments, 1850-1910 (copy; entries out of chron. order)
Confirmations, 1900- 1907 (two copies) --
Baptisms, marriages, burials, confirmations, 1849-1910 (some
entries out of chron. order) --
Births and baptisms, 1900-1910 (one 1911 entry) --
Marriages, 1858-1869, 1896-1910 --
Marriages, 1903-1910 -- Deaths, 1901-1910.
St. Columban is in Huron and Perth counties.
Format: Manuscript (On Film)
Publication: Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah,1981
Physical: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Film Parish registers FHL US/CAN Film 1312067
On this website for St Columban- these are not original records but a certified copy of written index to records
which means double possibility for mistakes first from person who wrote up indexes ( often writes b for s) second from me in transcribing
baptisms/births1850-1869 St Columban
Baptisms 21 Jan 1849- 1910 (done from 1849 until 1869 rest not done yet)
marriages 1849-1910 St
Start 22 Jan 1849 End 18 July 1910
Missing 1871-1896 and some records out of order
interments/deaths St Columban 1850-1910 (finished)
Start 8 Feb 1850 End 13 May 1910
missing completely 1872-1900 and a lot of missing in between